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Raiders Khalil Mack wins AP Defensive Player of the Year by a single vote

Raiders Khalil Mack wins AP Defensive Player of the Year by a single vote
Published On: Sun, Feb 05
Jan 7, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) in action against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mack did not attend the awards ceremony in Houston and was not available for comment, but posted a message on Instagram.

I want to first thank my fellow NFL peers for this amazing honor, Mack wrote. Its a privilege to play against you week in and week out. To my teammates, you know I couldnt have done this without you. Thank you to (owner) Mr. (Mark) Davis and (general manager) Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie and the entire Oakland Raiders organization for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love.

I want to say thank you to Raider Nation, the best fans in the world! And of course I want to thank my Mom and Day, my family and my friends for always believing in me and allowing me to pursue my dreams. Its truly a blessing to be named NFL Defensive Player of the Year!

Mack becomes the first Raider since cornerback Lester Hayes in 1980 to win the NFLs top defensive award and adds this one to similar honors he earned this season from the Professional Football Writers of America and the Sporting News. The APs award is widely viewed as the most prestigious, with voting coming from a 50-person panel of national broadcasters and writers.

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